Lot 080

b. Pahang, 1971


Signed and dated 'Ismadi 2003' (lower right)
Inscribed 'BIAR PUTIH TULANG' on reverse
Mixed media on canvas
122cm x 91cm

Private Collection, Penang

ESTIMATE  RM 4,000 - 6,000

Mild broad strokes of black on yellow diffused from the upper left edge across the right strip of the canvas with whirls of fine white marks encircling the centre – such illustration entices the viewer into a hypnotic rapture. Tints of blue and red create balance with the artist’s intermittent yet decisive strokes. Proportionately steady, the composition is named after an extract of the Malay proverb Biar Putih Tulang, Jangan Putih Mata - an expression of pride – to sacrifice one’s own life when in humiliation. The artist is constantly haunted by the desire to create gestural marks on canvas which finds him to be in his highest state of vulnerability - evident in his works.

Ismadi Sallehudin explores the relationship of nature and life in his works. A fine art graduate of Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) in 1994, he attained his Masters Degree in Art and Design from De Montfort University, Leicester, United Kingdom in 1999. Besides painting, Ismadi is also adept in etching, drawing and monotype print. His works have been exhibited extensively at home and abroad. His roles as an art educator included lecturing at UiTM (1994 to 1997) and Kolej Bandar Utama (1995 to 1997). He has also held numerous academic positions such as Head of Programme, Kolej Shahputra-UiTM (2008), Deputy Dean, University College Shahputra, Pahang (2011) and he currently serves as Dean of Faculty of Fine Art, Akademi Seni Budaya & Warisan Kebangsaan (ASWARA ), Kuala Lumpur.